My mother, Lorretta, stepped down as President of CSMAS in 2010, and asked me to help promote and honor my brother's memory. It was a request that, for me, was a high honor. My family, growing up, was three homeschooled brothers, a stay at home mom, and my father who made horribly long commutes to take care of the family. With Clarke's passing in 2004, a large portion of childhood passed with him. The Scholarship is how my family keeps his memory alive, seeking to enrich the lives of those it touches, and trying to grow the sport of archery and enable the endeavors of youth and collegiate archers. When I agreed to participate in the Clarke Sinclair Memorial Scholarship, my goal was, and remains, to continue the primary goal originally set out by my parents.
My brother was an amazing athlete who always gave one hundred percent, and gave it with a smile and an attitude that even if today wasn't the day, tomorrow would be the day. Clarke called it 'Redemption Day.' From the first day of shooting, he was told there were two styles of bows, compound and recurve, one had a let off and was easier to pull back, the other was the style allowed in the Olympic Games. Clarke chose the recurve because he wanted more than just to shoot a bow, he wanted to go to the Games and represent his country to the best of his ability. After a few months of practice, he upgraded from his basic Bullseye bow to his first 'true' Olympic bow, a white Hoyt GM that had been around for years. Paint was chipping from it, the limb adjustment was quirky, but he made it work, quickly shooting his way up the youth program achievement ranks. When we began working with Mike Gerard as a coach, Clarke was wooed by the blue Martin Aurora that Mike shot, and he ended up with the riser that would take him to the top three in the Cadet division, and a world team, all less than 18 months from when he started shooting. He moved up the ranks with a determination and zeal that is rarely seen. In his travels, Clarke met and spoke with many people, enjoying himself and enriching the lives of everyone around him. He made friends with ease. During the world trip to England for the Jr. world Championships, he befriended several Canadians, and could be identified easily by locating the Canadian team, and then locating the lone USA jacket in the swarm of Canadian jackets. He was a likable young man, still remembered by many of his peers and competitors for his easy going temperament and his cheerful smile. Just days before he passed, Clarke planned on shooting up the ranks, as a Junior, because he thought the Cadet distances were 'too boring' and he thought 90 meter competition would improve his 50 meter scores. He constantly sought challenges in the sport that had become his passion, and was rarely without a new challenge every day.
As I represent my brother, and ask for donations supporting his memory, I pledge that all past, present, and future scholarships go to young men and women like him, who gave everything they had mentally and physically into one passionate dream, be it archery, music, or academics. To me, there is nothing more to honor someone so driven, than by seeking out and assisting others with the same zeal, likability, and quirky nature that my brother had. Clarke will forever be missed in my family, but through his memory, we hope to see others attain their dreams.
Dakota K. Sinclair